SPECIAL USE PERMITS
It is the policy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park to allow special events, filming and photography when and where possible, while adhering to the National Park Service mandate to "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." (16 U.S.C. 1) In order to manage special events, filming and photography, a permit issued by the superintendent is required.
Permits are required for the following:
Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. Still photography requires a permit when the activity takes place where or when, members of the public are not allowed, or when the activity uses models, sets or props that are not part of the natural or cultural resources of the park.
Generally, permits are not required for visitors using cameras for their own personal use while on public tours. Sound technicians, and film or video news crews at breaking news events do not require a film permit. However, breaking news events are subject to restrictions and conditions necessary to protect park resources and public health and safety, and to prevent impairment or derogation of park resources and values. Breaking news is an event that cannot be covered at any other time or place.
A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and:
Special Event and Filming/Photography permits are scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, or after 5:00 P.M. based on availability once the permit application is approved. All permits are subject to cost recovery fees. Filming/Photography permits are also subject to a location fee. Permits may have additional insurance and compliance requirements. Please contact the Permit Coordinator for additional information.
Please read over the appropriate PERMIT INFORMATION SHEET carefully. Contact the Permit Coordinator to discuss the permit requirements and fees. Complete the APPLICATION and mail it to the Permit Coordinator as directed.
Your application must be received in sufficient time for evaluation by the park staff before the start date for your activity. Requests which involve complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require additional time to process. Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application.
Please be aware that the $ 50.00 application fee is non-refundable. If your request is approved, a permit containing applicable terms and conditions will be sent to the person designated on the application. Additional fees may be charged based on the size and complexity of your permit. An estimated fee schedule will be provided upon approval of the permit.
We recommend that you visit the park before submitting your application. If you have any questions about an event or activity, or to schedule a visit, please contact the Permit Coordinator.
Application fee: $50.00
Cost Recovery: $50.00 per hour per ranger
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Did You Know?
Clarence Madison Dally an employee of Thomas Edison at his West Orange research labs volunteered to work on the newly discovered x-rays. Using a fluoroscope, made of a fluoride gas filled light and two pieces of cardboard to focus the x-rays, Dally would expose himself to high concentrations of radiation eventually leading to radiation poisoning. After Dally’s death when Edison was asked about x-rays he would respond with “Don’t ask me about x-rays. I am afraid of them.”